December 12, 2012

Top cooks take on easy party bites

They keep it simple so that your party will be.

By Michele Kayal / Associated Press

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Associated Press food editor J.M. Hirsch suggests spring pea guacamole served on crackers with a Christmas sangria.

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Feta cheese and honey go nicely with baguette slices.

Stuffed figs

Take a whole toasted almond and wrap it in a basil leaf. Using the pointed end, push the nut through the fat end of a fresh fig, tucking it inside. Top with a little pat of butter or drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 5 to 8 minutes at 425 F.

 

J.M. HIRSCH (AP food editor)

Brie with bourbon-balsamic glaze

Gently simmer 1 cup of bourbon and 1 cup of balsamic vinegar until syrupy and reduced to ¼ cup, about 20 minutes. Season with black pepper. Drizzle while warm over a round of brie that has come to room temperature. Serve with slices of baguette.

Spring pea guacamole

In a food processor, combine the flesh of 2 avocados, a 15-ounce can of peas (drained), ¼ cup packed fresh cilantro, juice of 1 lime and a splash of hot sauce. Process until smooth, then season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature with crackers.

Feta cheese and honey

Arrange slices of feta cheese on a platter. Sprinkle toasted pine nuts and fresh oregano over it, then season with black pepper and smoked paprika. Drizzle honey over everything, then serve with baguette slices.

 

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